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Philip Nock, MA

Research Fellow and PhD Candidate (Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer)


E-Mail: nock@uni-bonn.de
Telephone: +49 (0)228/73-5642
Address: Römerstraße 164, D-53117 Bonn, Germany
Twitter: @NockPhilip

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Philip Nock is a research fellow in the research group "Infrastructures of China's Modernity". He studied "History, Politics and Society" at the Universities of Bonn and St Andrews (UK) and completed his Master in "Political Science" in Bonn and Toronto. Philip Nock is doing his dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Xuewu Gu at the Department of International Relations and Prof. Maximilian Mayer. He is part of the research collective "The Second Cold War Observatory."

Prior to joining CASSIS, Philip Nock was a research assistant at the Chair of International Relations/Center for Global Studies at the University of Bonn and a desk officer at the Department of Europe and International Affairs of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition, he gained further practical experience in Berlin and Brussels at think tanks, non-governmental organizations as well as in the Bundestag.

Research Interests

Theories of International Relations | International Order | Power Studies | International Security and Technology Policy | US-China Relations

Doctoral Project

To what extent are European middle powers responding to increasing strategic competition between China and the U.S. in security and technology policy? Why is it so difficult for U.S. governments to assert their preferences in regard to semiconductor supply chains? What role does the quest for digital sovereignty play? In his dissertation "Awakening to the Era of Weaponized Interdependence? Semiconductor Production Networks, Sino-US Tech Competition, and how European Powers Respond", Philip Nock explores these questions through in-depth case studies of British, German, and Dutch politics.

Research Projects


  • Strategizing about Outer Space: Europäische Mächte und ihre Weltraumstrategien im Kontext des Wettbewerbs zwischen den USA und China, 2023, in: Antje Nötzold, Enrico Fels, Andrea Rotter und Moritz Brake (Hrsg.), Strategischer Wettbewerb im Weltraum Politik, Recht, Sicherheit und Wirtschaft im All, Springer VS: Wiesbaden 2023 (to be published in November 2023).
  • The Second Cold War: US-China Competition for Centrality in Infrastructure, Digital, Production, and Finance Networks, September 2023, Geopolitics (with Seth Schindler, Ilias Alami, Jessica DiCarlo et al.). Link
  • Über die Zukunft gibt es keine Tatsachen, nur Interpretationen, 2022, Blogbeitrag zum Summer of Security 2022, Polis 180 (with Maximilian Schranner). Link
  • Where are we heading? Eine junge Perspektive, November 2022, 49security (with Maximilian Schranner et al.). Link
  • COVID-19 Border Restrictions and Cross-Border Care Relations: The Cases of Germany and Vietnam, Mai 2022, Working Paper Series: Politics of Pandemics Care, 2 (with Katharina C. Cramer & Maximilian Mayer). Link
  • Politics of Pandemic Care: Exploring Disruption and Response in International Cross-Country Comparison, April 2022, Working Paper Series: Politics of Pandemics Care 1 (with Katharina C. Cramer & Maximilian Mayer). Link
  • Der US-Iran-Konflikt und die fehlenden Gesichter der Macht, September 2021, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, vol. 50, issue 3 (mit Christiane Heidbrink). Link
  • International Competition for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), October 2019, Center for Global Studies (with Xuewu Gu, Christiane Heidbrink, Ying Huang, Hendrik W. Ohnesorge & Andrej Pustovitovskij). Link
  • Geopolitics and the Global Race for 5G, Mai 2019, CGS Global Focus, Center for Global Studies (with Xuewu Gu, Christiane Heidbrink, Ying Huang, Hendrik W. Ohnesorge und Andrej Pustovitovskij). Link
  • EU-Canada relations on the rise. Mutual interests in security, trade and climate change, SWP Working Paper, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Research Division EU / Europe | WP Nr. 03, October 2018 (with Annegret Bendiek, Milena Geogios, Felix Schenuit & Laura von Daniels). Link

Last updated: 12 September, 2023

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